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Cindy Arsaga

It’s all about community

Subscriber onlyMost of us count ourselves lucky to have had one great adventure, to have found one career we love, to create one lasting legacy by which we'll be remembered after we've left the planet. Continue reading...

Right here, right now

Arts Live educator puts spotlight on kids

Subscriber onlyNatalie Lane chatted about her job as she sat in the cheerful office of the Arts Live building on Sang Avenue in Fayetteville. When Lane clocks in to work as an educator and director at the nonprofit theater for children and youth, she's not surrounded by dreary gray walls, computers and copy machines like so many people are. The office here has two comfy couches arranged to facilitate chatting, posters of past productions hanging on the wall and tons of pictures of smiling kids. The effect is that of a happy clubhouse where artistic and fun-loving folks hang out. Continue reading...

Children Take Center Stage

Trike, Arts Live have plenty of fun planned for 2018

Subscriber onlyThe thrill of the winter holidays is over, and your kids are all too aware that a long, frigid winter is between them and the warmth and promise of spring. What's a cabin-bound parent to do? Luckily, Northwest Arkansas area children's theater companies have you covered. In addition to the classes and workshops they're offering (see story in this issue), both Trike Theatre and Arts Live Theatre have vibrant and thought-provoking shows set to debut in 2018. Continue reading...

Room For Improvement

Workshops and classes offer all kinds of learning

Subscriber onlyYou know the drill: New Year, New You. Luckily, Northwest Arkansas is full of classes and workshops that will help you really hit your stride or learn a new talent in 2018. From babies to senior citizens -- and every age in between -- there's a class for everyone. Let 2018 be the year you really shine! Continue reading...

Crafty women bring comfort to children, veterans, homeless

Subscriber onlyWhen Betty Johnson of Springdale, a member of The Needle Arts Project Club -- an Arkansas Home Extension group -- first started making hats for the babies and children at the new Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital in Springdale, she didn't know yet of what she was capable. Continue reading...

Tom Jenkins

Fiery passion for his work

Subscriber only"One of the most important lessons I think anybody can learn is that you want to find a job or a career that you just love doing," says Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins. Continue reading...

Leon Niehues

Subscriber onlyIn an unassuming artist's studio behind a small house in Huntsville, Leon Niehues works on the craft he has honed since 1981 when he and his wife sold their first handmade baskets at the War Eagle Craft Fair. The studio is a reflection of its owner: Niehues is a highly respected, internationally known artist, but he, like his studio, puts on no airs. The space is modest but comfortable, with a lived-in couch in the corner. Niehues' supplies are spread everywhere because the artist is always working. Continue reading...

Magdalene House

Sanctuary offers compassion, healing

Subscriber onlySt. Paul’s Episcopal Church offers a sanctuary in Fayetteville for women who have experienced sexual trauma, exploitation, trafficking and substance abuse addiction. Continue reading...

Robert Parker

Life in the fast lane

Subscriber onlyIf you spend any significant amount of time in Fayetteville, you may have seen a man with a broad smile and a shock of white hair driving around in the prettiest 1959 pink Cadillac convertible it's ever been your privilege to lay eyes on, as sleek and shiny and pristine as it was the day it rolled off the line in Detroit. Continue reading...

Holiday Shopping Blossoms With Fine Art In The Garden

Subscriber onlyThe Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and Art Ventures Northwest Arkansas (formerly Underground Fayetteville) are partnering to offer holiday shoppers a chance to support local artists -- and cross off some items on their gift list -- at a Fine Art Market from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit both the garden and Art Ventures. Continue reading...

Shopping Local

Heartwood Gallery leads rebirth of ‘Quicktown’

Subscriber onlyHoliday shoppers hoping to choose gifts from 30 of the area's premier artists have a wonderful opportunity to do just that at the Heartwood Gallery, located in South Fayetteville. The 16-year-old artist cooperative -- which offers one-stop shopping for handmade pottery, paintings, jewelry, photography, woodworking and more -- will host two special holiday events in the month of December. Continue reading...

'Wonderful Life,' Wonderful Message

T2 creates radio play within a play

Subscriber only"Strange, isn't it?" says angel Clarence Odbody at a pivotal point of the 1946 classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." "Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" Continue reading...

Beyond Buying

True spirit of Christmas found at Alternative Gift Market

Subscriber onlySt. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville has been hosting its Alternative Gift Market on the first Sunday of December for around 15 years now, says Melissa Swann, who has organized the event for nine years. Eventgoers have the opportunity to learn more about 60-plus local and international nonprofit organizations and make donations in honor of a loved one for Christmas. Continue reading...

East Coast Expertise

Joanna Bell joins team at TheatreSquared

Subscriber only"We were blown away by the interest, from here and across the country, in joining the T2 leadership team," says Martin Miller, executive director of TheatreSquared. "We had more than 70 candidates apply, many deeply experienced." Continue reading...

Local star on the rise

Young theater buff makes own opportunities

Subscriber onlyColeman Ray Clark said he can't remember a time when theater wasn't a career goal. As a 5-year-old, the Northwest Arkansas native was creating original characters. Today, he's a junior at New York City's Marymount Manhattan College. Continue reading...

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